We believe that informed patients make better health care choices and are better able to participate in their own care. We encourage you to use quality information to help make decisions about your health and treatment options.
Hospitals across the nation regularly report how well they meet “best practice” processes called Core Measures to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS uses Core Measures as a set of quality indicators to help hospitals improve patient care.
Core Measures have been shown to reduce the risk of complications, prevent recurrences and otherwise treat the majority of patients who come to a hospital for treatment of a condition or illness. Not all patients are appropriate for each recommended practice protocol, but in most cases, following the guidelines of Core Measures helps improve the quality of patient care by focusing on the actual results of care.
Huntsville Hospital’s Core Measures
- Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Heart failure
- Children’s asthma
- Surgical care improvement project
- Venous thromboembolism (blood clot)
The annual Report to our Community contains our scores on each core measure.